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Topic # 101946 12-May-2012 13:27 Send private message

A lot have probably had this problem - your phone gets wet, either by dropping it in the sink, going through the wash etc.
Anyway, my Galaxy S got wet and I needed some way to dry it. Sure there are various ways, like the bowl of rice in a hot water cupboard, hair dryer on low, air compressor with a moisture filter fitted. But I have found something else, that is easy. 

Obviously take the phone apart, I mean battery out, sim card out, MicroSD if you have one.  Sealed devices like the iPhone are going to have to make do.  Now as I said, I found something that was easy and runs quite warm, and that is my TP-Link Modem. So for a couple of hours I left my Galaxy S on this and now phone is running and charging.  It helps if your modem has a flat top so the phone can be placed on it.  It worked for me, but results may vary. Now just have to see if it holds its charge. If not, S3 here I come, come end of May.




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  Reply # 623988 12-May-2012 13:38 Send private message

Simple reality is any electronic that gets dunked in water is going to have a finite life, even if you can "salvage" it at the time.

The corrosion on the circuit boards may not be noticeable to the naked eye immediately, but ultimately it will lead to the failure of the device.

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  Reply # 623997 12-May-2012 13:58

Circuit boards get cleaned in production but in at least one method the water is removed by heated air jets so that no evaporation residue is left. 

I've got 1 board that has been heated but there's still something under the larger SMDs that I can't shift so RIP.

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  Reply # 624010 12-May-2012 14:34 Send private message

A ziplock bag and a decent desiccant with gels that change colour when they are full is the least harmful way to dry it out.

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  Reply # 624019 12-May-2012 15:25

Another useful tip is not to turn it on/charge for some time (days rather than hours).  Even if it turns on at the moment, there is likely to be trapped water in the device which will lead to corrossion and eventual badness.  Best to leave it to dry (in your choice of medium) for at least a few more days...

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  Reply # 624060 12-May-2012 17:02 Send private message

Never use a hair drier, this will just move moisture further into the phone circuitry. The better thing to use would be something that will absorb the moisture or better still, completely dismantling it (your warranty is voided already anyway) and cleaning with something like alcohol or some other kind of circuit board cleaning solution.

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